Remember Hillary Clinton? Oh come on now, the would-be president who ran against Donald Trump in 2016 and lost bigly? The same woman who refused to show face at her own concession speech as supporters bawled like calves in the ballroom – you know, the place with the still-intact glass ceiling? Ah, that Hillary Clinton. Soon after the scorching loss, Mrs. Clinton wrote a memoir about the campaign in which she accused Trump of presidential debate stage shenanigans that caused her to lose her brilliant trail of thought.
As Clinton penned in her memoir What Happened, invoking the ever faddish #MeToo movement in the process:
“We were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled … Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable.”
Yeah, it was a ridiculous claim as millions of Americans watched him artfully psyche her out, Sun Tzu style. But breathing down her neck? Nah, that’s former Vice President Joe Biden’s creepy specialty. Still, Sen. Warren has latched onto the statement, letting the Donald know she is gunning for him, so to speak.
“I know how to fight and I know how to win. Nobody’s getting behind me on a debate stage and doing a handsy thing. That’s not happening.”
Challenge Throw Down
Why Warren chose to show her hand to the president and insult Hillary as a wimp is a question currently raging across social media platforms and in newsrooms coast to coast. Putting the man on notice seems to be a message best delivered once one has the nod of the Democratic electorate – not necessarily as a show of “look at me, I’m your tough gal.” A year away from the Democratic convention, policy wonks and strategists will have a game plan in place for Trump to employ should Warren be the “chosen one.” Why give him anything to ridicule today?
In the same breath, the matron of Massachusetts pleaded with her fellow candidates to focus on policy and not personality. She may be on to something, as hating the current leader of the free world only goes so far. And yes, she took another swipe – this time a veiled attack on the Obama/Biden administration and perhaps going as far back as the Bill Clinton years:
“It’s not enough to be ‘not Trump.’ A country that elects Donald Trump is a country in serious trouble. We need to pay attention to not just what’s been broken in the last two and a half years, but what’s been broken for decades.”
Ouch. One might imagine her popularity with the old guard could be in jeopardy.
Eyes will be trained on Sen. Warren as recent polling of registered Democrats show she and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are both neck and neck a few points ahead of former Vice President and gaffer-in-chief Joe Biden. Any of these three could face Trump in November 2020 – just 14 short months away. And anyone with one iota of common sense knows that Trump will tailor his tactics to the person – not necessarily reuse the stalking on stage ruse. That’s so 2016.